Waila, the contemporary dance music of southern Arizona's tribal communities, is often called "chicken scratch." Played at tribal functions, this fun, lively music offers relief from the hardships of reservation life. WAILA! MAKING THE PEOPLE HAPPY explores the history of the music and looks at the Joaquins, a family of musicians, and their journey from a remote tribal village to performing at Carnegie Hall. Check out the clip below:
WAILA! MAKING THE PEOPLE HAPPY premieres this month on public television (check local listings) This film received LINCS funding and will be distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).
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